Business and International Development

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Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
11 June 2020


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Module description

This module provides students with an understanding of enterprise-based development models emerging within the developing world, as well as those from within developed nations such as the UK. This module considers and evaluates the role they may play in sustainable development and poverty alleviation in low-income communities.

It aims to equip students with an understanding of the different types of social purpose business models that are emerging within such regions including social enterprises, not-for-profits, inclusive business ventures, green for profits (renewable/organic), fair-trade and hybrid organisations. The module also explores the role the informal economy plays in these business models and within the economies of the poorest parts of the world. It draws upon ideas of social exclusion, stages of progress out of poverty and the debate around the boundary conditions shaping social enterprises. The module will utilise a series of case studies to frame this module, drawing upon cases in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, India, Mozambique and the UK, amongst others.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to equip students with a nuanced awareness and understanding of enterprise based initiatives aimed at supporting sustainable development and poverty alleviation within the low income countries of the world.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Explain and critically assess the impact of various types of business models emerging in the developing world to promote sustainable development and verty alleviation, and to consider possible differences in a developed world context.
2. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the nature of multidimensional poverty
3. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the nature of informal economy in these regions and how formal and informal institutions interact with those located within the poorest segments of society.
4. Utilise secondary based data to identify, evaluate and critically analyse one or more examples of such business models and their potential impact on sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
- To develop reflective skills when reflecting on the meaning of poverty
- To develop a commercial awareness of the role of business in development
- To develop written skills in the analytical critique of their coursework assignment
- To developed a nuanced appreciation of what poverty means for those in vulnerable and marginalised communities
- To have experience of contributing to class discussions and reflections

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is normally delivered via a series of 2 hr workshops. Each session will include a mixture of lectures, discussions, films, and hands-on -exercises. It will require preparation work prior to the workshop each week. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Amon Barros, email:
Amon Barros, Peter Bloom



External examiner

Dr Natalia Slutskaya
University of Sussex
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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